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Scholtz makes MotoAmerica Superbike History in the rain at Barber

Mathew Scholtz of South Africa made history at Barber Motorsport Park’s final 2017 MotoAmerica round, the Honda Championship of Alabama, with a win for the Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 team.  In a much delayed race with major drainage and traction issues, "“second tier” Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class racer Scholtz (the newly-crowned class Champ) hung on to some wild slides to take the overall, as well as his class, win.

Earlier, Scholtz had crashed in spectacular style heading onto the front straight, a victim of a suddenly increasing rain storm, just as the race was stopped.  After a lengthy, hour-plus delay, the race was re-launched for a third time over 12 laps, rather than the originally-scheduled 21.

Scholtz took the lead from the re-start ahead of Champ Toni Elias on a Yoshimura-Suzuki, but soon veteran Josh Hayes took control on a Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.  But eventually Hayes was caught by the Broaster Chicken Honda of Jake Gage as well as Elias and Scholtz. 

Gage crashed out of second and the battle for the lead with two laps to go, the Scholtz survived a moment or two out of the saddle to take the win, Elias second (first Superbike) with Hayes (second in Superbike) third overall.  Gagne set the fastest lap of the race.

“I looked back on the second last lap and saw Jake was right there,” explained Scholtz. “So I was just trying to hold him off, focusing on getting the drive so no one could pass me.  I was a little over eager, but I survived, and now I’m really over the moon.”

Pole sitter Roger Hayden (Yoshimura-Suzuki) opted not to take part due to concerns with track conditions, specifically sealer, and third-on-the-grid Josh Herrin pulled into the pits on his Yamaha after the sighting laps.

Veteran Jason DiSalvo was fifth overall and third in Superbike with the WD40-backed BMW – only three of the Feature class bikes made it to the finish!

Hayden Gillim was fourth overall on the “Cycle World” Suzuki, second in Superstock, while Danny Eslick earned sixth overall with his TOBC Racing Yamaha in Motul Superbike, and third in Superstock 1000.

 Mopar Canadian Superbike ace Kenny Riedmann had a rough day, starting with a practice fall Sunday morning due to a technical issue with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.  Then in the second start for Superbike, he went down in the rain before the race was stopped at the end of the opening lap.

In the final Superbike portion, Riedmann worked through the pack to net a solid ninth overall, sixth in the Superstock category, even though he was nursing a damaged shoulder.    

In the final-ever event of the KTM RC Cup, Quebec’s Alex Dumas wound up sixth at the finish after a wild, sometimes 12 bike strong, slipstreaming battle at the front.  A three bike crash coming out of the final turn on the last lap mixed-up the results, with new KTM Champ Benjamin Smith winning from Gavin Anthony and Sean Ungvarsky.  Next year, the KTM series will be replaced in MotoAmerica by a Lightweight class open to all manufacturers.

“Five wins this season was awesome but this one was really, really special,” said victor Smith.  “These guys were flying, I am so glad I pulled it off and got the Championship.  Overall it was a fantastic season, I have learned so much, the whole series is fantastic, I can’t thank KTM enough.  We’ll go over to Spain and show what we can do.”

MotoAmerica rookie Dumas winds up third overall in the Championship, and also earns a trip to the RC Cup World KTM final event held in conjunction with the World Superbike event in Jerez, Spain, next month.  After a crash in Saturday’s opener, former title contender Dumas ran as high as fourth and as far back as eighth in the lead pack over the course of the race.    

Newly crowned Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec series National Champ Xavier Paradis’ rough weekend in Alabama continued, the teen-ager crashing in the morning warm-up aboard the “Roadracing World” magazine backed wild card KTM RC Cup entry.  In the 11-lap race, Paradis was running at the back of the lead group early when he suffered a spectacular fall in the final turn, ending his first career event in the U.S. after almost-five laps.

In Supersport and Superstock 600 combined class action, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt scored his second podium spot of the weekend, earning third on the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. New Champ Jason Agular took the run away win on the Riderzlaw Yamaha, Nick McFadden second.

“I had some rear grip issues, and a weeper came up on the track,” explained Ortt, referring to track drainage issues caused by recent heavy rains associated with Hurricanes.  “Over some of the hills the bike was a real shit show, but really there were no major issues, and everyone is battling this heat.

“Conner Blevins (fourth finisher on a Kawasaki) and I really went back and forth,” continued first-year MotoAmerica rider Ortt.  “I saw where he was slower, and I finally made a tight but safe pass in the second-last corner.  It was still tight right to the end.

“We lost the pace of the guys ahead a little bit, there were a few close calls, and we faded back from the leaders.  In the end it worked out.  I don’t know what was going on the first half of the season, but I’ve figured it out – it was a great season, really enjoyed it, and we’ll be making some announcements soon.     

Ortt’s sponsors include Shoei, Cortech, Wolf Custom Homes, Graves Motorsport ands FT-ECU.

In the premier Supersport 600 division, recently-crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff shook off his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha team-mate J.D. Beach to take the win, and speculated on the podium that he would leave the category after five seasons.  M4 Ecstar Suzuki’s Valentin Debise placed third.   

2017 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas sat out Sunday action at Barber, after crashing during Saturday’s 600 class event with the Parts Canada/Dunlop-backed Yamaha YZF-R6.  Casas, who injured his shoulder, was at the track with his arm in a sling, and took advantage of his enforced break to take his team to the famous local motorcycle museum.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:23 Published in News


Hayden Sets Early Superbike Pace for Suzuki at Barber MotoAmerica Finale

The opening day of the Honda Championship of Alabama presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken included the final combined Provisional Pole session for Motul Superbike and Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc machines prior to Saturday’s SuperPole session.  In a busy day in the final 2017 event of the MotoAmerica National series, Yoshimura-Suzuki’s veteran Roger Hayden was quickest with a time of 1:25.97 on the works GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Former Series Champ Josh Herrin, filling in for the injured Cameron Beaubier on the works Monster/Graves Yamaha team, has a strong second outing on the works YZF-R1, placing second best with a lap at 1:26.28.

The top Superstock entry for less-modified 1000cc machines in the second, Friday afternoon session was South African Mathew Scholtz on a Yamaha, third quickest at 1:26.408.  Scholtz has already won the Superstock title for Westby Racing outfit.  Newly crowned overall series Champ Toni Elias was sixth best on the seconds factory Yosh-Suzuki.

Kenny Riedmann made his first career entry in the Superstock category with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja, and wound up 16th overall in the red flag-interrupted afternoon 1000cc session.   Mitch Card, another rising Canadian Pro start racer, was scheduled to compete in the same category as Riedmann with his Yamaha YZF-R1, but a last minute issue with his racing licence meant Card could not enter the MotoAmerica event.

The top 12 riders will advance to the 15-minute final session to establish the front of the Feature race grid, late tomorrow morning, using special soft Dunlop “Q” tires.  The first of the two 1000cc races is scheduled for 3:30 tomorrow, but there have been some delays due to rain seeping through the usually-pristine track surface.  There has been considerable rain in the Birmingham area recently, a left over effect of Hurricane Irma.   

Qualifying for the KTM Cup spec series for single cylinder machines was rescheduled for tomorrow due to the various water control issues with the track.  15-year-old French-Canadian class rookie Alex Dumas is riding a four race win streak in the KTM class, and has a serious shot at the Championship in the final two races this weekend.  Dumas was sixth fastest in the morning session, having run as high as first before he suffered a late crash in his first outing at the track.  He was uninjured.         

Newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas had an encouraging first day as a MotoAmerica competitor, placing his Parts Canada/Dunlop supported Yamaha Canada R6 seventh overall in the “second tier” Supersport and Superstock 600 afternoon Practice with a lap at 1:34.6.

MotoAmerica Series regular Braeden Ortt of Alberta on a Tuned Racing Yamaha R6 was 11th quickest in the Group One session, turning a lap at 1:31.6.  Fastest overall in the combined two 600cc classes was newly crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff aboard a Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R6 at 1:28.18.

“I’m gaining confidence with the bike on this track,” confirmed a cheerful Casas at the end of a very warm day at Barber Motorsport Park.  “The bike feels good settings wise, and the adjustments we have made so far have helped.

“I need to work more on the blind corners, and the braking areas, there is so much going on with this track,” confirmed 18-year-old Casas of the hilly, 16 turn venue.  “Some of the turns I’m still lacking confidence; that really affects your lap time on a blind section of this track.

“If I can pick up some corner speed, I know I’ll gain some confidence,” continued the 2018 Pro Middleweight Canadian number one plate holder.  “The I can really focus on riding with other people and picking up some pointers; so far I have been by myself.  That will be a focus of Qualifying tomorrow.

“Overall, it was a lot of fun for my first day.  My goal is to make it all the way through the weekend, not to crash, to ride all the time in every session and race and get the greatest opportunity to learn.  I want to stay within my limits.”

The first 600cc class race for Ortt and Casas is schedule for 2:25 tomorrow afternoon, with the initial KTM spec race including title contender Dumas slated for the end of the day Saturday at 4:35.        

Friday, 15 September 2017 18:30 Published in News


Riedmann to race RR version of ZX-10 in 2017

@CanadaKawasaki •@cdnsuperbike •(December 20, 2016)- The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a new, special, limited edition model, already available for order at Kawasaki dealers in Canada.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:04 Published in News


Motovan and Liqui Moly Join Mopar Canadian Superbike Series

For immediate Release | Friday, March 11, 2016 | Motovan Corporation, a Canadian distributor, exporter and manufacturer of motorcycle, motocross, ATV and snowmobile parts and accessories, will become a major partner in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016. Motovan has agreed to a two-year deal with the CSBK tour, becoming the official powersports partner of the national championship road racing series for the next two seasons. Mopar CSBK recently announced that the series’ feature races will be shown on TSN, The Sports Network, in 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for the CSBK Series and Motovan,” explained Motovan’s Marketing Project Leader David Bond. “We are motivated by new products and initiatives at Motovan, and we look forward to this kind of approach in our support of the Mopar CSBK Series. We’re defiantly focused on growth.”

Motovan will support a number of important new programs within the CSBK series, including a $30,000 retail fund aimed at supporting series products through contests, at-track giveaways and similar programs, associated and activated through social media, web and venue engagements.

One of the central elements of Motovan’s involvement will include Liqui Moly, the famed German company that focuses on oils, lubricants and additives. Liqui Moly Motorbike is exclusively distributed in Canada by Motovan. Liqui Moly becomes the title sponsor for the Pro Sport Bike class, allowing new focus on the middleweight DOT street-bike-based racing division.

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, Liqui Moly is one of Europe’s leading brands of lubricants as well as fuel and oil additives.

For 2016, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike will get next day, flag-to-flag web video broadcast for all six events. As well, the year end points fund payout for the top finishers on the Pro Sport Bike tour will double to $13,000 thanks to the support of Motovan and Liqui Moly.

Kenny Riedmann will wear the No. 1 plate on his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike in 2016, having earned the class crown aboard Triumph equipment the past two CSBK seasons.

Other products distributed by Motovan Corporation that will be utilized in the 2016 Mopar CSBK Series includes Drift cameras, a mainstay of the series’ video and television coverage. Other featured Motovan products include Ogio gear bags, Rockwell watches and Olympia clothing. Further releases will cover these programs.

“We’re all really excited to have Motovan on board,” said Colin Fraser, President of series owners Professional Motorsports Productions. “There are lots of good programs in the pipeline, and Motovan shares our goal: to continue to improve and develop the national championships.”

The 2016 Mopar CSBK National Series tour opens at fan-friendly Shannonville Motorsport Park, east of Belleville, ON, May 27-29.

Friday, 11 March 2016 17:39 Published in Industry News


Canadian champ Kenny Riedmann makes strong Bold D’Or Debut

@cdnsuperbike v @KennyRiedmann42 •  Canadian Kenny Riedmann did more than just survive the79th running of the Bol D’Or 24 hour classic endurance event, held at Circuit Paul Richard in the South of France last weekend, September 19 and 20.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:57 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Breaking news: Riedmann ready to rock at Bol D'Or in France!

Reigning and two-time Hindle Pro Sport Bike CSBK national champion Kenny Riedmann will compete aboard an Atomic Motorsport Suzuki GSX-R1000 this weekend in the Superstock class at the famed 24 Hour Bol D’Or event at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France.

Riedmann’s best lap in the second qualifying session put his team 21st overall, and 11th in class, for the start of the race on Saturday, September 19. His effort is considered a strong debut since Riedmann is new to this type of racing, as well as the bike, team and venue.

Riedmann is expected to be the “clean-up hitter,” riding third in the three-man rotation, usually with worn tires. Each stint is expected to last in the 45 minute range, the fuel range poor at Circuit Paul Richard thanks to the mandated 24 litre gas tank and very high speed straightaway. Regular Riedmann tuner Scott Cameron is on hand from Canada to assist with the Atomic Suzuki program.

Riedmann indicated through his father, former racer Roland, that the bike is detuned compared to his regular Mopar CSBK Superbike Kawasaki, no surprise given the demanding nature of the day and night event. The two-time Hindle Pro Sport Bike Champ for Triumph also had to adjust to starting each session with the machine fully loaded with fuel.

This year’s event marks the 79th running of the Bol D'Or, a French classic, returning to the Mediterranean coast near Le Castellet. Originally held at Le Mans, the event moved to Circuit Paul Richard in the 1970s, then more recent to Mangy-Cours. This is the first time the Bol has run at its most famous host venue, Paul Richard, in 15 years.

The venue is 5.861 kms in length, including a famously long Mistral straight than covers 1.3 km and allows the big bikes to run on full throttle for 13 seconds. The track is famous for warm weather and a crazy party atmosphere.

Riedmann’s team, listed on the score sheets as “Atomic 68,” includes regular FIM Endurance World Championship competitors Stephane Egea and Giovanni Bussei. In qualifying, the three turned best laps within a few tenth of each other: Riedmann at 2:02.6, Egea at 2:02.9 and Bussei with a lap at 2:03 flat.

At the front of the 51-team field is the works Kawasaki SRC Superbike class squad of famous veterans Gregory Leblanc/Mathieu Lagrive/Fabian Foret took pole at 1:58.2, followed by the Yamaha factory entry of Yamaha Monster YART, ridden by Broc Parkes/Max Neukirchner/Sheridan Morais at 1:58.490, Yamaha GMT94 third overall with a lap at 1:58.8. Honda Endurance Racing will start fourth while the factory Suzuki is fifth, followed by two BMWs, the second the top Superstock entry at seventh overall.

Friday, 18 September 2015 13:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Kenny Riedmann CSBK Pro Sport Bike Champion‏

@cdnsuperbike • Kenny Riedmann, the reigning Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) Pro Sport Bike national champion, successfully defended his crown at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, ONlast weekend, claiming the season points title by 47 points.

Friday, 21 August 2015 19:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Beaubier doubles in Superbike, Canadians represent well at MotoAmerica Road Atlanta

Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier had a perfect day in imperfect conditions at Road Atlanta, the Californian having it all his way in the Honda Superbike Challenge of Road Atlanta on a day when his main rivals in the championship faltered.

Beaubier topped his teammate Josh Hayes by 4.699 seconds in the first of two wet races on a day of horrible weather in Georgia. Then he and the rest of the racers had to endure a lengthy wait as the MotoAmerica and Road Atlanta crews were forced to wait out a storm before getting the flooded track race-ready again for what turned out to be a race time of close to 5 p.m.

In race two it was Beaubier again taking victory as he watched both of the men considered to be his fiercest competition for this year's title - Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden (with his second race fall of the day) - crash out of the race. With those two out, it left Beaubier to move past fast starter Jake Lewis, on the second Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, to take victory by 3.789 seconds. Lewis ended up second, pairing that with his first-race third, and giving the 19-year-old Kentuckian the first two podiums of his Superbike career in just his third and fourth Superbike races.

With Lewis finishing third behind the two factory Yamahas in race one, fourth went to Yamaha Blumaz's Bernat Martinez with the Spaniard bettering his fourth in race one by one spot to earn the first AMA Superbike podium of his career in race two.

The Superstock 1000 class was run with the Superbikes as is the norm and those races wins were split between Yamalube/Westby Racing's Joshua Day and RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne, both armed with Yamaha YZF-R1s. Day won race one in his return to U.S. road racing and Gagne, who crashed in race one, bounced back for the win in the second race. Day's afternoon was a mirror image of Gagne's as he crashed out of race two after winning race one.

Tyler O'Hara ended up second in both races on the Tyler O'Hara Racing Yamaha R1 with Taylor Knapp riding the FourFour Motorsports R1 to third in both races. Canada's Marcel Irnie finished 10th in race one and ninth in race two out of 14 gridded riders on the only BMW S1000RR in the field.

The second Supersport race of the weekend featured the exact same podium as Saturday's race, but in a different order. Yamalube/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff dominated today's race to become the third different Supersport winner in the three-race old season. Gerloff beat Saturday's winner Josh Herrin by 8.630 seconds. Gerloff's teammate JD Beach finished third for the second straight day on his Yamaha R6.

There was a strong Canadian presence in Supersport with Ben Young, current Canadian Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann and rising teenage star Mitch Card all in attendance. Canadian-born US rider Javelin Broderick was also in the field. Young fared best, finishing eighth in race one and seventh in race two, a strong follow-up to his fourth place finish a week earlier in the rain in Texas. In race one Riedmann finished 11th, Broderick 13th and Card 14th. In race two Broderick took 10th, Riedmann was 13th and Card had a DNS.

Wheels In Motion/Meen Motorsports' Joe Roberts won the Superstock 600 race for the second day in a row in Sunday afternoon's final event, topping Kyle Wyman Racing's Travis Wyman by 2.4 seconds. Wyatt Farris was third after finishing fourth in yesterday's race.

SUPERBIKE RACE 1 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 5. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

SUPERBIKE RACE 2 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 3. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 4. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 5. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 1 1. Joshua Day (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 6. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 7. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 8. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 9. Barrett Long (Ducati) 10. Marcel Irnie (Yamaha)

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 2 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 6. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 7. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 8. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 9. Marcel Irnie (BMW)

SUPERSPORT RACE 2 1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 3. JD Beach (Yamaha) 4. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 5. David Anthony (Suzuki) 6. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 7. Ben Young (Yamaha) 8. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 9. Hayden Gillim (MV Agusta) 10. Javelin Broderick (Kawasaki)

SUPERSTOCK 600 RACE 2 1. Joe Roberts (Yamaha) 2. Travis Wyman (Yamaha) 3. Wyatt Farris (Yamaha) 4. Richie Escalante (Yamaha) 5. Andy DiBrino (Yamaha) 6. Nick McFadden (Suzuki) 7. Ryan Jones (Honda) 8. Bryce Prince (Yamaha) 9. Michael Gilbert (Yamaha) 10. Gavin Elstad (Yamaha)

-- From MotoAmerica, with notes from Inside Motorcycles

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points